Bobbi Kristina Brown accepted the Millennium Award on behalf of her late mother, Whitney Houston during last night’s Billboard Music Awards.
Comedian Whoopi Goldberg gave the introduction to Whitney’s tribute.
“I adored Whitney Houston. What all performers want and need and should get is love, and many of us here loved Whitney, and even if you’re one of those who didn’t show the love to Whitney, now is your chance, because tonight, that’s what we’re doing: We’re going to be giving Whitney the greatest love of all.”
John Legend performed Houston’s uplifting ballad, “Greatest Love of All.” Jordin Sparks performed Houston’s legendary hit “I Will Always Love You.” Sparks wore a flowing blue and black gown during the tribute. While Jordin sang to the audience, Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, sat in the audience crying. Jordin will also appear in Whitney’s final film, “Sparkle,” which is set to hit theaters this year.
Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and sister-in-law Patricia Houston accepted the Millennium Award following the tribute.
“This is truly an honor. We thank you, Billboard; we thank you, Whoopi, Jordin; we love you, John. But tonight, the one person that should be accepting this award is the one person that Whitney loved most.”
Bobbi Kristina thanked everyone for supporting her mom throughout it all.
“I just really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all,” Bobbi Kristina added. “Thank you so much for showing that much love, ’cause she deserved it. There will never be another one, ever. I thank you so much.”
When the “American Idol” winner, Jordin Sparks was asked about her tribute to Whitney Houston she revealed she had put her heart and soul into preparing her rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”
“I put myself completely, 100 percent onstage every time I perform,” Sparks said of giving “everything” for her Houston tribute. “It’s just very special. I feel very honored to be able to honor Whitney in this way and to sing one of her songs. I’ve actually never performed this song before ever. It’s one of the songs I’ve always been like, ‘Leave that alone,’ so it’s nerve-racking for me,” she admitted. “It’s a lot of pressure I’m putting on myself, because I want to do it amazingly, but at the same time, whatever happens, I just want to be able to speak through the music.”
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